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5 Father's Day Commercials that May Make You Shed Man Tears

Much like Chuck Norris, I don't cry. Every so often, around Father's Day-Month, I may or may not "shed man tears." But I don't cry—ever. Shedding man tears is something wholly other—yet emotionally significant. June is a tough month for we dads to watch commercials. It seems for a few days, the world stops and turns, then turns more and lands on fathers for a few hours before rotating to Fourth of July sales. While we dads like our Fourth of July sales too, hardly have Independence Day commercials made us cry, er, shed man tears, which is different, not crying, no.

I give you NFI's list of five Father's Day commercials that may cause you to shed man tears.

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One of the saddest statistics I have seen is that divorce rates among couples with special needs children are higher than among the general population. This breaks my heart. In situations where it is most critical for a couple to stay together so they can work together for the good of their children, there is even more family breakdown.

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Treat Dad Like a Gentleman on Father's Day—Gifts from $19 to $500

“Being a man is a matter of age. Being a gentleman is a matter of choice.” —Edwin Louis Cole

Don't know what to get dad this year?

Writing as a father myself, my family doesn't usually know what to get me either. But it's my fault, because I don't typically have anything I want—until now!

Meet NFI Dad Jason Katoski

Celebrating Father's Month with NFI Dad Michael Yudt

 

 

 

During June, NFI is "Celebrating Father's Month" because we think dad deserves more than one day! We're featuring dads as a reminder throughout the month -- to celebrate dad more than one day.

Meet Michael Yudt, NFI Programs. Michael has three boys under the age of four and apparently has a huge Cleveland-Browns-apple-pie-loving dad. Watch Michael talk sons, fathers, apple pie, and all things in between right here: 

Fathers, President Obama & BBQ!

Our 2012 Military Fatherhood Award recipient had a big day yesterday!

Celebrating Father's Month, Meet NFI Dad Erik Vecere

Father’s Day Is For Fathers: Why WIRED ‘Gets It’ and Others Don’t

Since WIRED’s June cover for National Geek Dad Day released, some folks have been buzzing about whether the tech magazine is singling out dads too much. NFI praises WIRED for celebrating dads and encouraging intentional time with their kids. The haters just don’t get it.

The current issue instructs dads on "How to be a Geek Dad," by building hovercrafts, making electric play-doh, building forts with broomsticks and string, and basically being the coolest, most amazing dads ever.

Gentlemen, start your engines!

NASCAR is not only an incredibly popular sport, it is also a very family-friendly one. A recent USA Weekend story highlighted just how family-centered the sport is, and featured three NASCAR dads in particular who embody those values - Jeff Burton, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Michael Waltrip.

That is why National Fatherhood Initiative is very excited to be honoring those three dads with Fatherhood Awards at this Sunday's race out in Sonoma, CA - the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway.

During the pre-race ceremonies, NFI's Sr. VP of National Programming, Chris Brown, will be on the track to hand the awards to the dads while the track's PA announcer tells the crowd about NFI and the awards.

Tune in to TNT at 2 p.m. eastern time (3 p.m. for the start of the race) to catch the action. The pre-race ceremony will not be broadcast live, but we are hopeful that throughout the broadcast, the awards will be discussed. You can also hear the race on the radio on the PRN network.

Happy "Farters" Day??

Today, I was looking for Father’s Day cards for a couple of friends who are new dads and I was just amazed at how many of them were focused on drinking, grilling and farting. In fact, one enterprising and creative “poet” was able to produce the trifecta and use all three in a single card. What talent… Now, anyone who knows me for more than 20 seconds will tell you that I am a guy who loves humor. In fact, I have certainly “dealt” a few fart jokes in my day. If you don’t believe me, you can pull my finger.

That said, the folks in the card business have gone too far and now they really treat Father’s Day like it’s a national holiday to celebrate lazy frat boys. Furthermore, I noticed that, unlike on Mother’s Day, the humor tends to make fathers the butt of the jokes. For example, for moms, the card writers tend to say stuff like “despite all the times that I was a thoughtless idiot, you somehow managed to love me nonetheless. I love you Mom!” For dads, it goes something like this: “Dad, despite the fact that you are a clueless out of touch idiot, who is more interested in guzzling beer and guarding the TV remote control than parenting, somehow, despite my better judgment and the counsel of many, I managed to still love you... Happy Father’s Day!”

Well, if you ask me, something just stinks about this…It seems to me that there is a “silent but deadly” plot afoot and I think we dads need to say enough is enough and make these card companies give us more than just a burst of hot air. Or, at least we should make them leave the room.

Fun Father's Day T-shirts...Great Gift Idea!

Congrats to the winners of our Fibers.com t-shirt contest! Check out the winning designs:

Dad to the Bone



Definition of a Dad


Proud to be a Dad



$5 from your purchase of any of these shirts will go toward NFI's essential work of connecting fathers and families - so pick up one of these t-shirts for your dad's Father's Day gift! Check it out at www.fibers.com.

Memento Book Winners...and Another Contest!




Yes, that's right. You could win an iPad. (Hey, we really like Father's Day. And contests.)

We've partnered with Fibers.com for a Father's Day t-shirt contest. Submit your design and get all your friends, family members, uncles, cousins twice removed, etc., to vote. If your design wins, you'll get a free iPad. Plus, there are plenty of other cool prizes.

And, proceeds from the winning tee will help support our programs and initiatives!

To submit a design and/or vote, visit http://www.fibers.com/contests/fathers-day-2010.


And, the winners of a free copy of Memento are (drum roll, please):

Aaron Anderson (The Princess Bride)
Dave@davestoneinc.com (Braveheart)
Tom Wolf (Mrs. Doubtfire)
Kirk (12 Angry Men)
Johnny Bravo (Pursuit of Happyness).

Email Vince by this Friday, June 4, at vdicaro@fatherhood.org to claim your prize. And thanks for answering the question...you guys have great taste in movies!

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